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Western Australia - Organisation

Mental Hospitals Department (1934 - 1954)

Government Department

The Mental Hospitals Department was a government department responsible for the administration of mental health hospitals in Western Australia for the period 1934 until 1 January 1954.


 1903 - 1934 Lunacy Department
       1934 - 1954 Mental Hospitals Department
             1954 - 1984 Mental Health Services
                   1984 - Health Department

Related Legislation

Related Organisations

  • Unemployed Boys' Farm, Wokalup (1932 - 1938)

    The Mental Hospitals Department, in 1939, purchased the farm that had previously been the Unemployed Boys' Farm (Bundidup) run by the Ugly Men's Association at Wokalup.

    Date: 1939


Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Opening of Bundidup [Mental Hospitals Department, postponed]', The West Australian, 11 January 1940, p. 10,; 'AU WA A125 - Mental Hospitals Department', in State Records Office of Western Australia - Organisations & People, State Records Office of Western Australia, 2015,

Prepared by: Debra Rosser